Kids Join the Compost Craze

From Farm to Table to Garden

When you put good things in, you tend to get good things out. At least that’s how composting maven Phil Hadley and Matt Plumb, of Newport’s Brick Alley Pub, see things. For the past few months, the pair have been leading a resurgent interest in food scrap composting as a means to create a more sustainable Aquidneck Island, collecting small […]

Solution Sought for Maidford River

The picturesque Maidford River runs through Middletown, meanders towards its terminus at Third Beach and empties into the Sakonnet River. The river can be a trickle at times during dry spells, or it can be a foaming, raging torrent during storm­induced heavy rains. Regardless of its changing flow, the river brings life to many wildlife habitats and farm fields during […]

Interactive Website Launched

With an eye toward improving communication inside and outside of City Hall, city officials quietly launched a new website earlier this week as part of its ongoing “Engage Newport” initiative. Touting itself as “an evolving forum for opinions and ideas about our city’s major initiatives,” the site aims to provide “another channel of communication between city government and the people […]


Grange Meeting The next meeting of the Portmouth Grange #29 will be Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Senior Center on Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth. The evening program will be “Dog Logic 101.” Refreshments will be served. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call the membership chair Amanda Sherman at 401-397-8058. Tax Counselor Training The last […]

For What It’s Worth

Mr. Santi: Years ago my father brought back this fragment from a trip to Europe. It is about 7” in diameter. He always kept it on his desk and said that it was his “muse.” Now it is mine. Can you tell me what it might be worth? Thanks — Charles R. Charles: It is difficult to determine the age […]


A Most Unfortunate Dynamic I t was uncomfortable for everyone involved. The City Council’s final meeting of October brought with it a frightening amount of personal barbs and apparent animus directed at one of their own. Councilor Michael T. Farley, who is currently serving his first term on the dais, had been called to task. At issue: a resolution that […]

Society’s Leadership Questioned

To the Editor: The recent “Guest View” by the Chairman of The Preservation Society of Newport County in the Newport Daily News (Oct. 12-13, 2013) excoriates Ronald Lee Fleming for his own views previously published in the same newspaper. Mr. Fleming is a fellow of The American Institute of Certified Planners, an author of several books on planning and design, […]

RITBA Aware of Safety Risks on Pell

To the Editor: Thank you for reporting on the Pell Bridge crash and safety issues. I also appreciate Newport This Week publishing my letter captioned “You Could Be the Next Person Killed on the Pell.” The Citizens of Newport County and Rhode Island should all know what is contained in the two Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant applications […]

Welcome Center Is About Trust

To the Editor: We are pleased to support the planned welcome center at The Breakers. Much has been publicly expressed regarding the proposal and most of those comments are expressions of opinion, not fact. Based on what we have heard and read, few, if any, of the comments address the fundamental issue regarding this proposal. The fundamental issue is not […]